Tokyo University of Science Faculty Members´ Research, Introduced in the New York Times and BBC News
Professor Akinori Yanaka and Assistant Professor Atsushi Fukumoto of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Tokyo University of Science, in a joint research with Tsukuba University and Johns Hopkins University in the United States, clarified that a compound known as sulforaphane, which is found in broccoli sprouts, decreases the activity of Helicobacter pylori, which causes gastric cancer, and attenuates gastritis resulting from Helicobacter pylori. The contents of the research carried out by them strongly indicate the possibility of preventing gastric cancer through functional foods.
This research drew nationwide attention in the United States and Europe as well as in Japan in terms of disease prevention through foods. Recently, the results of this research and the research paper "Dietary Sulforaphane-Rich Broccoli Sprouts reduce Colonization and Attenuate Gastritis in Helicobacter pylori-Infected Mice and Humans," were featured in the April 2009 issue of Cancer Prevention Research, published by the American Association for Cancer Research. Also, the New York Times and the BBC introduced the research in their coverage.
Details of the research are available on the following websites.
Paper featured in the American cancer society journal Cancer Prevention Research
Article featured in the New York Times (April 13, 2009)
Article featured in the BBC News (April 6, 2009)
Yanaka Lab Web site (In Japanese only)